When credit scores become casualties of healthcare debt

By Shefali Luthra for Modern Healthcare After a devastating horse-riding accident in 2017 landed him in the hospital for a month, requiring trauma care and hospital-based therapy, Jeff Woodard considered himself lucky. The bills amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars. But Woodard’s employer-sponsored health insurance limited his out-of-pocket maximum payment to $5,000. He reached […]

4 Takeaways From Trump’s Plan To Rescind CHIP Funding

By Phil Galewitz for Kaiser Health News President Donald Trump wants to employ a rarely used budget maneuver called “rescission” to eliminate $15 billion in federal spending, including $7 billion from the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Administration officials insist the cuts wouldn’t negatively affect any programs — rather, they would merely return money […]

Socialists Push Phoenix Mayor Stanton to Support Single-Payer Health Care

By Joseph Flaherty for Phoenix New Times Local leftists are pushing Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to support single-payer health care before he resigns to run for Congress. The Phoenix chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America submitted a citizen petition to the City Council on May 2, urging Stanton and the council to support a universal system […]

Andrew J. Cohen: The VA is working just fine, thank you very much

By Andrew J. Cohen for The Spokesman-Review “A government-run, single-payer, bureaucratic health-care system that doesn’t work.” That’s how Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., described the Department of Veterans Affairs last month on “Meet the Press.” Johnson’s remarks are typical of Republicans in Congress, who have made no secret of their intention to privatize the department. President […]